Fractured Not Broken: A Q&A with Kelly Schaefer

Reading the new memoir Fractured Not Broken is a practice in humility and compassion. I’ve walked by dozens of people in wheelchairs in my life and never once stopped to wonder what it felt like to be in that chair, really. Author and quadriplegic Kelly Schaeffer changed that. She pulled me into her everyday world of living with a disability [Read More…]

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: A Q&A with Author Annie Kagan

“Remember, the light is always inside you. And every day, by remembering it, you feed it, and it will grow. When life is joyous, the light will be there. When there is hardship, the light will also be there.” — Annie Kagan, author, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers\ Now Featured at the Patheos Book Club: The Afterlife [Read More…]

The Unbreakable Boy: A Q&A with Author Scott LeRette

“We are all broken, flawed and imperfect, and I want to encourage people that embracing ‘different’ is right and sound and good. I want to challenge readers to shed fear and ignorance and know that, even if faced with enormous obstacles, decisions, and setbacks, you can come out stronger.” — Scott LeRette, author, The Unbreakable [Read More…]

A Balm for the Anxious Soul: A Review of Amy Simpson’s “Anxious”

I served as a hospital chaplain many moons ago visiting all the patients with no church affiliation. One guy and I became pretty good friends since he’d been in for so long recovering from a hip replacement. On one particular visit, he told me that his ankle was what really was hurting him that day. He [Read More…]

Finding Grace and Hope in the Midst of Anxiety: Reflections on “Anxious”

Reflections on Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry, by Amy Simpson Read more on this book in the Patheos Book Club here. I am grateful to Amy Simpson for naming a pervasive thread in the consciousness of so many in the 21st Century—the worry that attends so much of our musing, deciding and [Read More…]

Three Tips for Facing the Future without Worry

By Amy Simpson Author, Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry I can relate to sixteenth-century French writer Michel de Montaigne, who wrote, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” I’ll bet you can relate too. We all worry about the future. And most of us are willing [Read More…]

Teach Us To Want: A Review

If, as Madeleine L’Engle has written, a book “can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe,” then Jen Pollock Michel’s first book—Teach Us To Want: Longing, Ambition & The Life of Faith—certainly makes the cut. Michel’s goal—to [Read More…]


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